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The Business of Software: The Ontology of Paper
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The Business of Software: The Ontology of Paper

The next generation of software engineering will involve designing systems without using paper-based formats, instead using software to develop software.

Ground Control to Architect Tom . . .
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Ground Control to Architect Tom . . .

Architecture astronauts habitually speak at extremely high levels of abstraction to avoid engaging in tangible discussions that might lead to disclosing that they...

Law and Technology: The End of the Generative Internet
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Law and Technology: The End of the Generative Internet

Exploring the expectations and implications for version 2.0 of the Net's new gated communities.

<i>Communications</i> Preps Web-Enhanced Articles
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Communications Preps Web-Enhanced Articles


True Seeds of Open-Source Software
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True Seeds of Open-Source Software

Though I appreciated Martin Campbell-Kelly's "Viewpoint" "Will the Future of Software Be Open Source?" (Oct. 2008), we must still rectify a small piece of history...

How Are We Doing?
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How Are We Doing?

A rabbinical story tells about an angry reader who stormed into a newspaper office waving the day's paper, asking to see the editor of the obituary column.

Kode vicious: Permanence and change
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Kode vicious: Permanence and change

Highlighting the importance of doing one's best in view of code longevity and the impermanence of the changineer.

Emerging markets: Labor supply in the Indian IT industry
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Emerging markets: Labor supply in the Indian IT industry

Exploring the evolving dynamics and interconnectedness of India's educational system and its IT work force.

CTO Virtualization Roundtable
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CTO Virtualization Roundtable: Part II

When it comes to virtualization platforms, experts say focus first on the services to be delivered.

Advising Policymakers is More Than Just Providing Advice
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Advising Policymakers is More Than Just Providing Advice

What are the factors that make certain advisory committee reports successful while others are not?

Database Dialogue with Pat Selinger
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Database Dialogue with Pat Selinger

Relational database pioneer Patricia G. Selinger explores the vast realm of database technology and trends in a wide-ranging discussion with Microsoft's James Hamilton...

Time to Take Evolutionary Development Off the Shelf
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Time to Take Evolutionary Development Off the Shelf

Large systems projects are failing at an alarming rate. It's time to take evolutionary design methods off the shelf.

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Multi-Core and Parallel Programming: Is the Sky Falling?

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Marc Snir acknowledges that multicore parallelism is difficult, and this difficulty can give rise to divergent...

On the 10th anniversary of ACM's Digital Library
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On the 10th anniversary of ACM's Digital Library

 When ACM launched its pioneering Digital Library a decade ago, it was one of the first professional societies to offer its members—and the broader computing community—a...

Education: Reprogramming college preparatory computer science
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Education: Reprogramming college preparatory computer science

The college preparatory computer science education curriculum must be improved, beginning with the earliest phases of the process.

Legally speaking: <i>Quanta</i>fying the value of patent exhaustion
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Legally speaking: Quantafying the value of patent exhaustion

Should patents confer power to restrict reuses and redistributions of products embodying the whole or essential parts of inventions?

Cyber Privacy and Security Pose Difficult Problems
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Cyber Privacy and Security Pose Difficult Problems

It's not just science or engineering that will be needed to address security concerns, but law, economics, anthropology, and more.

CTO Roundtable on Virtualization
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CTO Roundtable on Virtualization: Part I

Virtualization technology is hot again, but for the right reasons?

Point/counterpoint: The U.S. should ban paperless electronic voting machines
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Point/counterpoint: The U.S. should ban paperless electronic voting machines

Debating the public policy issues involved in proposed efforts toward improving voting systems while considering the range of technical and societal challenges.

Historical reflections: Will the future of software be open source?
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Historical reflections: Will the future of software be open source?

Tracing the course of influential computing developments and considering possible paths to new paradigms.
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